Wildcats Post a Strong Showing in San Diego

April 6, 2014

ResultsK-State AthleticsSAN DIEGO – K-State Women’s Rowing capped off a weekend of competitive racing in Mission Bay with a strong showing at the San Diego Crew Classic. Partaking in their first championship-style races of the season, the Wildcats’ effort was highlighted by Cal Cup Grand Final appearance by the 1st Varsity 8.

Head coach Patrick Sweeney thought all three boats, most notably the 8s, performed well.

“It was a good learning weekend, especially for the 8s,” Sweeney said. “Though there were no first-place finishes, both boats stepped up their race pace today in the finals, as we hoped, and looked good.

“Now they must carry that confidence into our next competition. There’s still more races to come and I’m really looking forward to seeing how much faster we can get.”

The 1st Varsity 8 opened up competition for the ‘Cats with a bang on Saturday, placing second in their heat to advance to the Cal Cup Grand Final. The crew consisting of coxswain Hillary Schartz and rowers Meggie Murray, Noelle Dykmann, Lisa Angell, Brittany Long, Allison Dorau, Ashley Houser, Erin Roeser and Madi Haney finished second only to the eventual Cal Cup Champion, Victoria, with a time of 7:05.679. It was an impressive start for the 1V8, as they held off tough competition in Sac State and San Diego State to advance to their first Cal Cup Grand Final since 2010-11.

In the Cal Cup Grand Final, the 1V8 finished sixth in a stacked field that included C-USA rival Tulsa, as well as a slew of impressive squads in British Columbia, Victoria, St. Mary’s and Iowa. The two Canadian schools were the only squads to clock in below seven minutes in the final, while third- to seventh-place was separated by less than three seconds total. The sixth-place finish was the best finish by a K-State 1V8 at the Crew Classic since the 2010-11 squad nabbed Cal Cup bronze.

For the 2nd Varsity 8, they rebounded from a difficult draw in the qualifying heats. Facing a field of six that included arguably some of the top U.S. collegiate teams at the regatta in California, Washington State and Gonzaga, K-State placed fourth with a time of 7:00.965 in the qualifying round.

With only the top two times in each heat advancing to the 2V8 Grand Final, the Wildcats squared off against a field that included Gonzaga, Iowa and San Diego in the Petite Final. The race was one of the fastest at the regatta with all six schools clocking in below seven minutes, as K-State placed third behind only Gonzaga and Iowa. Finishing in a time of 6:55.61, K-State bested San Diego, the only squad to have defeated the 2V8 in head-to-head competition this season, for third place.

Rounding out the competition for the Wildcats was the 1st Varsity 4. Also drawing a tough field in the qualifying heat, the 1V4 finished fifth to advance to the Petite Final, where they would place fourth.

With their first championship-season race in the books, the Wildcats return home to Manhattan before heading out to Oak Ridge, Tenn., in two weeks for the SIRAs. According to Sweeney, weather permitting, the week off from competition will give K-State valuable training time on Tuttle Creek to work on several racing components.

“Now that our boats have moved up a notch on race pace, if we can get on the water we can increase that base speed,” Sweeney said. “Being on the water will also allow us to work on our sprint [the final couple hundred meters at the end of race], which still needs perfecting. We’ve been getting nabbed there in races.”

For more information on this weekend’s action, as well as the Wildcats upcoming regatta, visit www.k-statesports.com.

San Diego Crew Classic
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K-State Results

1V8 Cal Cup
Qualifiers (Heat I)
1. Victoria, 6:59.722 | 2. K-State, 7:05.679 | 3. CSUS, 7:06.196 | 4. Portland, 7:09.513
5. SDSU, 7:11.768 | 6. St. Joseph’s, 7:12.439 | 7. Loyola, 6:47.953

1. British Columbia, 6:53.92 | 2. Victoria, 6:56.33 | 3. St. Mary’s, 7:02.94 | 4. Tulsa, 7:03.76
5. Iowa, 7:04.38 | 6. K-State, 7:05.60 | 7. CSUS, 7:05.60 | 8. Portland, 7:10.06

Qualifiers (Heat II)
1. California, 6:41.874 | 2. Washington State, 6:43.811 | 3. Gonzaga, 6:50.445
4. K-State, 7:00.965 | 5. Tulsa, 7:05.451 | 6. Loyola, 7:15.310

Petite Final
1: Gonzaga, 6:50.13 | 2. Iowa, 6:53.38 | 3. K-State, 6:55.61
4. USD, 6:57.27 | 5. Texas Austin, 6:58.07 | 6. Miami, 6:58.34

Qualifiers (Heat I)
1. California, 7:29.023 | 2. Washington State, 7:32.674 | 3. USD, 7:32.722
4. Tulsa, 7:46.179 | 5. K-State, 7:46.411 | 6. Old Dominion, 7:59.970 | 7. Victoria, 8:03.445

Petite Final
1. Texas Austin, 7:40.64 | 2. Gonzaga, 7:40.86 | 3. Tulsa, 7:47.08
4. K-State, 7:48.47 | 5. SDSU, 7:57.76 | 6. Old Dominion, 8:02.35

K-State Boatings
C: Hillary Schartz
8: Meggie Murray
7: Noelle Dykmann
6: Lisa Angell
5: Brittany Long
4: Allison Dorau
3: Ashley Houser
2: Erin Roeser
1: Madi Haney

C: Kara Omo
8: Chelsea Goble
7: Lindsay Smith
6: Aly Bronder
5: Abby Weaver
4: Ariana Thompson
3: Hunter Anne Postier
2: Lacey Reifschneider
1: Kayla Brock

C: Meaghan Kuzmich
4: Jennifer Smisek
3: Hayley Harvey
2: Ally Franken
1: Chelsea Holt-Bates